Amy Miller

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Perspiration

Principal dancer Ohio Ballet, BFA in Dance from University of Akron, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Ongoing musical collaboration with Peter Swendsen, Metropolitan Opera, Gibney Dance.

Inspiration

Dave, possibility, asking new questions, finding elegant solutions, the somatic experience, choice.

Biography

Amy Miller is a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. A former member of the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others. She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as David Shimotakahara, Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, David Parker and Gina Gibney. Miller remains the Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, where she has choreographed eleven works for the company. Such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor and composer Peter Swendsen have worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance. Miller and Swendsen’s ongoing collaboration has produced numerous projects for GroundWorks, as well as solo works, and a recent premiere with Gibney Dance Company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series.
Senior Director of Gibney Dance Company, Miller has performed works by Gina Gibney, Hilary Easton, Keely Garfield, Mariangela Lopez, Joanna Kotze and Reggie Wilson at Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center in NYC.  Interested in finding ways to foster both artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize both components in equal measure.  Miller focuses on Gibney Dance’s Community Action program through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people, and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), MUDA Africa (Tanzania) and most recently in Gisenyi, Rwanda. In the spring of 2015, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Amy Miller received her training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron and at the Joffrey Ballet School. Miller performed with the dance project New Steps from 1991-1997 and was a member of Ohio Ballet from 1991-2001. A founding member of GroundWorks DanceTheater, she has created ten works for the company including eleveneleven (2006) composed by New York composer/musician Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Allow (2008) composed by Oberlin College graduate Alex Christie. Valence (2009) was created in collaboration with Oberlin College professor Peter Swendsen from the renowned TIMARA School (Technology in Music and the Related Arts.) Since 2008, she has been commissioned to create works for Cleveland’s Dance/Theater Collective, as well as the dance programs of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Akron and was voted 2009 Outstanding Artist in Dance by the Akron Area Arts Alliance. Miller’s choreography earned a 2010 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Since relocating to New York City in 2010, she has performed with David Parker and The Bang Group, jill sigman/thinkdance, Gibney Dance and in the work of Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni. Amy now holds the position of Associate Artistic Director at Gibney Dance.